“Knowing where your food comes from is a huge part of your life”. - Becky Canning

“Knowing where your food comes from is a huge part of your life”.

February 2024

About The Show:
“Knowing where your food comes from is a huge part of your life”.

  • Becky Canning

Born and raised on a farm in Ames, Iowa, Becky Canning had a deep-rooted appreciation for locally sourced food. In 2014, her move to Fayetteville, Arkansas introduced her to a community that echoed her passion for homegrown produce. It was this shared ethos that led her and her husband to launch Parmelee Homestead Creations in 2021. Specializing in jams, jellies, sauces, and salsas, the business also offers home canning lessons and seedlings for aspiring patio gardeners.

Adapting her farming techniques to Arkansas's distinct soil and climate was a challenge for Becky. She found innovative solutions, such as using compost and raised garden beds, to compensate for the less fertile ground. To further her business acumen, she participated in a local food-focused business program, gaining invaluable insights and resources.

At the core of her venture is a commitment to supporting local food systems. Parmelee Homestead Creations aims to provide high-quality products tailored to diverse dietary needs, like their vegan raspberry jam. Becky stresses the importance of community and accountability, valuing the role that organizations like local co-ops play in connecting consumers with farmers.

Though she misses the rich soil of her Iowa upbringing, Becky has wholeheartedly embraced her new life in the Ozarks. Through Parmley Homestead Creations, she continues to foster a love for home canning and gardening within her community.

What You Will Learn In This Episode:
Discover the magic of Parmelee Homestead Creations' canning and engaging with local foods.
Understand the immense value of supporting local farmers and businesses via co-ops.
Uncover unique ways to adapt and adjust your business strategies in the face of challenges.
Appreciate the role of The Co-Op in fostering community bonding and spreading educational endeavors.
Grasp the importance of choosing sustainable and healthy food options for a better consumer experience.
All this and more on this episode of Ozark Natural Foods The Co-Op Podcast.

Important Links and Mentions In This Episode:
Visit Ozark Natural Foods store in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to purchase jam, jelly, Sauce, and Salsas from Parmelee Homestead Creations.
Embrace the valuable opportunity you've been given by indulging in the gift of canning lessons.
Follow Parmelee Homestead Creations on Facebook.
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